Low Pay in the Charity Sector survey

Low Pay in the Charity Sector survey

Following the publication of the report Low Pay in the Charity Sector Living Wage Foundation is asking for charities, large and small, to fill in a short survey that asks for your views on the barriers to implementing the Living Wage in the charity sector, and what can be done to overcome them.

This is a real opportunity for you to help bring about real and much-needed change.

Your responses will only be seen by the Living Wage Foundation, who will use them to help form the action plan to combat low pay in the sector. Your views are confidential and will not be shared.

The survey closes on Monday 29 January. Your feedback is hugely valued, and the action plan for challenging low pay in the sector will be publish in spring 2018.

We need to ensure that the charity sector is not contributing to conditions which will worsen the health of its workforce. To address this, we need to work with charities and charity employees to work out what we all do next to address this.


The results in the report are a shocking indictment of the state of the charity sector:

  • 26% of charity workers earn less than the real Living Wage, compared to 21% of the overall workforce;
  • Nearly a third of women (30.4%) in the charity sector earn less than the real Living Wage compared to just a fifth (21%) of men;



  • People from BAMER backgrounds are particularly affected by low pay, with very high numbers of ‘Other Asian Background’ (62%) and Black/African/Caribbean/Black British (30%) respondents, reporting that they earn below the Living Wage.

In short, the charity sector which works so hard to support people in so many ways, was systematically underpaying its workers and to a greater extent than any other sector. Moreover, it was women, black, Asian and minority ethnic workers, and part-time workers who were bearing the brunt of this.


Read the report in full here